3D Printing of Bio-inspired surfaces

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The ability of the gecko to scurry across smooth or rough surfaces, regardless of inclination (vertical or even upside down), has been traced to the multiscale hierarchical structures of the gecko toe [1 - 3]. Considering all the strategies to manufacture bio-inspired surfaces, the most common is polymer replica molding (REM) [4]. This project will further study the influence of pillar size, shape, aspect ratio, tilting angle and levels of hierarchies in terms of wettability and adhesion, using a cost effective rapid prototyping method with direct light processing (DLP). The aim of this project will be to seek the feasibility to rapid prototype gecko surface geometries. Furthermore, a micromanufacturing method is proposed using DLP and a mask.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventWilhelm und Else Heraeus Seminar: Bio-inspired, Nano- and Microstructured Surfaces: New Functionality by Material and Structure - Bad Honnef, Germany
Duration: 29 May 201731 May 2017


SeminarWilhelm und Else Heraeus Seminar
City Bad Honnef

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Méndez Ribó, M., & Islam, A. (2017). 3D Printing of Bio-inspired surfaces. Poster session presented at Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Seminar, Bad Honnef, Germany.